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RETURN TO HARPER VALLEY (Music: Tom T. Hall / Lyrics: Jeannie C. Riley) Jeannie C. Riley - 1984 Y'all remember Harper Valley and the Harper Valley PTA Well, have you ever wondered where they are and what those folks are doing today Now, things have changed a lot, but we all seem to understand things better by and by Now my daughter is the mother of two children at the Harper Valley High Well, my daughter came to see me, she was selling tickets for the high school dance I could win a brand new album by the Stray Cats if I'd only buy a chance Well, I bought the tickets and the chance to win a brand new rock 'n' roll LP And when Friday came and I walked into the place my dress was well below my knees Now, Mr. Harper took my ticket and he smiled at me as sober as a judge Shirley Thompson, she was there with him, she shook my hand and then gave me a hug You know, they're married now and my, they look so happy and contented side by side And to my surprise, Bobby Taylor never took his eyes off of his wife Mr. Baker stirred the punch, it was lemonade with nothing on the side His secretary smiled at me and said she was so happy as his bride Widow Jones is dead, she and a young kid missed a curve on Lover's Lane Mr. Kelly's gone, he drank until they said it took his liver and his brain Now, the music started up and it was louder than a thunderstorm in May Well, I stood there and I laughed to see the way the kids all get their kicks today Then I saw a man who gave a cigarette to some small kid too young to smoke He was a full-grown man and he was set up in the parkin' lot a-sellin' dope Well, I walked around the place and saw the drummer sniffing powder up his nose Then I walked out through the parking lot and saw these kids were takin' off their clothes They were drinking beer and popping pills and acting like they were all having fun I got so mad I thought at first I'd go back to the house and get a gun Then I went back to my home and took my Bible out and said a little prayer Now, tomorrow, I can tell 'em that God loves 'em and I'll tell 'em that I care I think back fifteen years ago when I was wild and wore a mini skirt Ain't no way I can explain the things I did and all the people that I hurt Well, the music keeps on ringing in my ears and I can hear the drummer's beat I can see the way things are and I can see the things the kids are thinking neat Well, tomorrow afternoon the PTA'll meet and I got things to say To a brand new generation of the Harper Valley PTA To a brand new generation of the Harper Valley PTA (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2019)


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